Contact Mechanics of Laser-Textured Surfaces
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- Prodanov, N., Gachot, C., Rosenkranz, A. et al. Tribol Lett (2013) 50: 41. doi:10.1007/s11249-012-0064-z
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We study numerically the contact mechanics of a flat and a curved solid. Each solid bears laser-induced, periodic grooves on its rubbing surface. Our surface topographies produce a similar load and resolution dependence of the true contact area as nominally flat, but randomly rough, self-affine surfaces. However, the contact area of laser-textured solids depends on their relative orientation. The estimated true contact areas correlate with kinetic friction measurements.